Light Hitting Night For Affiliates, Morris Pitches 5 Shutout Innings

GCL Yankees� 8,� GCL Pirates� 2 (box)

Rehabbing LF Wes Freeman had 2 hits and an RBI for the Pirates, and 3B Kevin Mort also drove in a run, but the Pirates’ pitchers could not contain the Yankees this afternoon.� The Pirates’ first run came in the 3rd inning, when Mort singled and stole second base.� Rehabbing C Eric Fryer walked, and a wild pitch moved both runners up a base.� Freeman drove in Mort with a line drive into center field for an RBI single.� They scored again in the 5th, when C Elias Diaz doubled and 2B Luis Solano singled.� Mort grounded to third, and the Yankees tried for a double play, but Mort beat the throw to first, while Diaz scored.

The loss went to starter Jarryd Sullivan, who gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and a walk, including 2 home runs.� The first 3 runs came in the 2nd inning.� A walk, a single, and a throwing error by Sullivan on a pick-off attempt brought in the first run.� An RBI double and an RBI single added a run each.� The two home runs, both solo blasts, came in the 3rd inning, and by then, the Yankees had a 5-1 lead.

Joan Montero finished the 3rd inning for Sullivan, then gave up 2 runs in the 4th on two walks and a double.� He gave up another walk in the 5th inning.� Bryton Trepagnier pitched two scoreless innings for the Power.� He gave up a single, then retired the next six batters he faced.� Sheng-Cin Hong pitched the final inning for the Power, and gave up a lead-off home run.

Another rehabber, CF Starling Marte went 0-for-4 at the plate.� Fryer was 1-for-2 with 2 walks, and Freeman was 2-for-4.

Erie SeaWolves� 2,� Altoona Curve� 0 (box)

After 12.5 scoreless innings, the SeaWolves finally sent everyone to bed after a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning.� The Curve pitchers combined to strike out an amazing 20 batters, and the Erie pitchers struck out 13 Curve batters.� Both Curve starter Bryan Morris and Erie starter Brayan Villareal struck out 8 batters each.

Morris pitched 5 scoreless innings and allowed only 2 hits in his first time back after having skipped a start.� The first batter Morris faced reached base on a fielding error by 1B Matt Hague. Morris retired the next 8 batters, then gave up the two singles back-to-back, before ending the inning with a strikeout.� The only batter he let reach first base in the next two innings was one who was hit by a pitch.

Dustin Molleken relieved Morris and pitched 3 scoreless innings.� He gave up 3 hits and struck out 6 batters.� Two of his hits were also back-to-back, in the 8th, but a strikeout got him out of that jam.� Mike Dubee pitched 4 innings, allowing one single and striking out 6 batters.

Meanwhile, the Curve hitters were not doing any better.� They all went down in order the first time through the lineup.� For the next 6 innings, when they put runners on base, they only had one on at a time.� 3B Josh Harrison led off the 4th with a single, but was erased in a double play.� C Kris Watts doubled with two outs in the 5th, and Harrison singled again with two outs in the 6th.� 2B Jordy Mercer was hit by a pitch in the 7th, and RF Miles Durham doubled in the 8th.� The 10th was the first inning in which the Curve put two runners on — Mercer singled and was bunted to second base by Watts, then Durham walked.� A strikeout and a ground out ended the inning.

Both teams went down in order in the 11th.� The Curve put two runners on again in the top of the 12th, when Hague was hit by a pitch and Watts was intentionally walked.� Both were left on base.� CF Anthony Norman singled and stole second base in the top of the 13th, but was, of course, left standing there.� In the bottom of the frame, Derek Hankins took over for Dubee.� Hankins got one out, then gave up a single.� That runner stole second base, which didn’t matter when the next batter, SS Cale Iorg, blasted a 2-run homer for the Erie win.

OF Gorkys Hernandez, who was hit on the hand by a pitch on Sunday, has a fractured right ring finger.� He’s going to miss the rest of this season.

Bradenton Marauders� 3,� Lakeland Flying Tigers� 1 (box)

Two runs in the bottom of the 8th broke a 1-1 tie to give the Marauders the win in Bradenton tonight.� Lakeland had scored a run in the 2nd inning on a double, a single, and a ground out.� That was the only run allowed by starter Aaron Pribanic, who scattered 5 hits and a walk over 7 innings of work, while striking out 5 batters.

The Marauders had only one batter reach base in the first 4 innings, and that was CF Austin McClune, who reached on a fielding error in the 3rd.� Their first two hits were back-to-back singles by 3B Adam Davis and C James Skelton in the 5th; a double play ended that inning.� RF Robbie Grossman also singled in the 6th inning.

The Marauders tied the score in the 7th.� Davis doubled and Skelton singled, moving Davis to third base.� DH Jordan Newton singled into right field, driving in Davis with the tying run.� In the bottom of the 8th, Grossman gave Bradenton the lead with a solo home run.� LF Quincy Latimore followed the home run by reaching base on another fielding error.� 1B Calvin Anderson doubled, pushing Latimore to third base.� An intentional walk to Davis loaded the bases with one out, in hopes of a double play.� The Flying Tigers got their double play, but it didn’t work out quite the way they wanted.� Skelton flied out to right field, and the right fielder threw the ball back to first base.� The first baseman threw to third and Anderson was caught in a run-down, but Latimore scored from third base on the tag-up.� Anderson was eventually tagged out, but the Marauders already had the insurance run in.

Diego Moreno pitched a scoreless top of the 8th, allowing one walk.� He was the pitcher of record when the Marauders scored in the bottom of the inning, and so earned his 4th win.� Noah Krol pitched a perfect top of the 9th, earning his Florida State League-leading 24th save.� (Isn’t it time to move him up to Altoona?)

Speaking of moving up — infielder Jose De Los Santos was promoted to Altoona, while infielder Shelby Ford was moved down to Bradenton.� Ford played second base for the Marauders tonight, and went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts.

Author: Nancy Zinni

Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

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